Drew Rosenhaus came to town for the second time in two months and this time he left with a deal in hand.
No, defensive tackle Tommie Harris has not signed a contract extension, but you can bet that was one of the issues the sides discussed.
Tight end Kellen Davis, the fifth-round draft pick from Michigan State, has agreed to a four-year contract. The news was first reported in profootballtalk.com, and Rosenhaus confirmed it.
Davis is the first of 12 Bears’ draft picks to come to terms, and now things should start rolling for Cliff Stein and the club. Stein had nearly half the team’s picks under contract by this time last year. Davis is the first fifth-round pick to do a deal, and the Bears are just the third team to sign a draft pick joining the aggressive Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons, who signed quarterback Matt Ryan.
“We have some other things [we’re working on with the Bears] but [Davis’ deal] was one of the reasons we came to town,” Rosenhaus said.
Asked if any progress was made toward an agreement with Harris, Rosenhaus declined to get into specifics. Rosenhaus and his brother Jason Rosenhaus came to town in early April with hopes of finalizing a contract for Harris at that time.
“You know my position on that,” he responded. “I don’t have any comment.”
Reaching an agreement with Harris is a priority before training camp and things could be slowly falling into place for the Bears. With middle linebacker Brian Urlacher reporting for minicamp, it could provide momentum for progress to be made there quickly. Harris obviously is a greater priority than receiver/returner Devin Hester at this point because Hester is signed for two more years and Harris will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Davis was the 158th overall pick. Rookies do not need to be under contract to participate in minicamp, which gets underway this afternoon at Halas Hall.